While in Arlington, Texas to cover the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series Iron Cowboy and the RFD-TV’s The American the Rodeo Round Up and AVID Visual Imagery team always look to bring you in depth coverage and exclusive interviews. There will be times during our travels across the country that my team or I will receive emails, phone calls or invitations to some secondary events that may be happening as part of or during our coverage dates of a specific event.
That is exactly what happened as we prepared to begin our daily coverage live from AT&T Cowboy Stadium earlier this week. As we were sitting down to figure out a strategy of who to cover everything that will be happening regarding these two huge events I received a phone call inviting my team and I to a very special event that was going to be happening across town at the legendary Ft. Worth Stockyards. The invitation that we were given is one of those that we could not miss in an effort to bring you the best coverage that we can.
Those that follow the Rodeo Round Up on our adventures throughout the year knew that we had arrived in Arlington under 24 hours ago and wanted to get a hold of me as soon as they could to extend a very special invitation to an event that happened earlier tonight inside of the John Justin Arena. During this last week a mounted shooting competition was taking place and one of my dear friends from back in Minnesota was competing for the very first time.
As the phone rang I knew it had to be something good and was excited to pick it up to see what my friend had to say. I knew that she was in town to compete in the mounted shooting event and figured it was an invitation to come over and see what she can do with a horse and a gun….. just kidding!! Anyways, after talking for a few minutes the news came from the other end of the telephone that would compound our daily schedule but we all knew it had to be done.
Allen Bach Participates In the Celebrity Mounted Shooting Competition
Photo Credit: AVID Visual Imagery Rodeo Photography
Friday night was supposed to be the calm before the storm but a very unique opportunity came about as we headed to Ft. Worth and the John Justin Arena . The event was in fact mounted shooting but it was not a competition but an exhibition sort of speak. The funny antics along with the utmost athleticism of the celebrity guests took center stage as the seats filled to capacity. No one ever expected to see some of their favorite celebrities shoot balloons from horseback when they came to see the sights of Ft. Worth but that is exactly what happened.
One of the most recognized participants was bull riding legend Chris Shivers. Shivers is a past World Champion bull rider, mini bucking bull organization owner and a rodeo icon among his peers. It was refreshing to see everyone coming together for a great cause and a ton of laughs with every thing that is happening within our industry lately. You may want to know how the legendary Chris Shivers did while mounted shooting so we have included a video clip so you can see for yourselves!
As the action began it was clearly evident that the celebrities were having as much fun, if not more, than the fans inside of the coliseum were. Some of them were surprisingly accurate with the handgun while some of them were, for a lack of better terms, absolutely horrible. That being said, I should not be one to talk because at least they were doing it and having fun at the same time. Tonight was surely a night that was needed before the busy times of the weekend begin.
After all of the fun and excitement was over it was once again time to turn our undivided attention back to the original task at hand that would start just hours from the conclusion of a fantastic memory making evening. Tomorrow begins a history making weekend begins for the sport of professional rodeo. The PBR’s Iron Cowboy kicks everything off tomorrow night and then it is the richest one day rodeo in western sports history that begins Sunday afternoon. The 2 million dollar one day rodeo will round out a fantastic weekend in Arlington, Texas!
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